Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Debunking the desecration toilet?

ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE: Discovery of Biblical ‘Toilet’ Unleashes Archaeological Fracas in Israel. In latest debate over the historicity of the Bible, researchers get potty-mouthed over whether a 2,800-year-old shrine in Lachish, Israel was really desecrated by installing a lavatory (Ariel David, Haaretz).
In recent months, a slew of studies has been published in academic journals, some defending the original interpretation of the so-called Lachish gate shrine and some challenging it.

For some scholars, the site was indeed a small temple but it was never desecrated because the enigmatic perforated stone block found there was not a toilet seat. Other experts entirely dismiss the idea that the gatehouse room was used as a shrine and suggest its function was entirely secular, perhaps connected to water management.

Behind this somewhat technical dispute lies the much broader debate on how much of the Bible is a true story and whether archaeologists in Israel are sometimes too keen to interpret their finds as evidence of the holy text’s historicity.

I am shocked, shocked, to hear that archeologists have different interpretations of an excavation site. The next thing you know, someone will claim that biblical scholars disagree about something.

I noted the discovery of the desecration toilet, or whatever it is, in 2016. For other posts on ancient toilets, see here and links.

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